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Old 05-06-2009, 01:13 PM   post #1 of 27
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Default What do you use to clean your tractor?

My tractors are in need of some cleaning, and I don't have a crane to use like in the video Caseguytoo Posted

I have used Simple green for cleaning stuff on my truck before, and have had good results.

I just don't want to harm the tractor any by getting water where it shouldn't be.

So what method does everyone use? Pressure washer or just a garden hose?
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:25 PM   post #2 of 27
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Default Re: What do you use to clean your tractor?

I have used a preesure washer but I use it on a low setting. or I use a terry cloth and a Bucket of water with car soap in it. The JD dealer where my younger brother works uses a pressure washer on all the machine they get in for service Before the mechanics even work on them. I use a blower on my machines after each uses. especally on My JD X485 to keep the vent's clean around the radiator
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:29 PM   post #3 of 27
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Default Re: What do you use to clean your tractor?

I used the compressor, but then discovered the leaf blower is even better for the initial cleanup.

Use the pressure washer on the underside of the deck, and a little dish soap and water for washdown.

Leaf blower again for drying.
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A small squirt of dish soap in a bucket of water and then dip the brush in it.
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I typically use the leaf blower after mowing, but they are in need of a little more through degreasing.
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:33 PM   post #6 of 27
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Default Re: What do you use to clean your tractor?

In that case, simple green cuts grease pretty well if you mix it strong enough.

I'm only use it high strength exactly where you need it.
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:34 PM   post #7 of 27
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Default Re: What do you use to clean your tractor?

Leaf blower after most uses and when I wash I use a bucket of dish soap and a brush on a broom handle. I sometimes follow-up with a coat of wax.
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Old 05-06-2009, 02:18 PM   post #8 of 27
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Default Re: What do you use to clean your tractor?

You all are making me want to go buy a leaf blower, thanks! LOL

Me, a damp rag, to clean up the dust from mowing on the out side.

Under the deck, i just scrape it with a putty knife, and maybe once or twice a year, it will be scrubbed with dish soap and fully cleaned when I am done with it for the season.

For the engine, I removed all the metal trim, bought some spray on degreaser (simple green works wonders too, even better if the engine is warm) and then just washed off with the garden hose.

When I first started on the tractor, the entire diff. /rear end was covered in dust, and grease from the transmission seeping. Brake cleaner in a spray can, letting that soak in, and a garden hose wash off, did wonders in this case.

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Old 05-06-2009, 04:18 PM   post #9 of 27
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Default Re: What do you use to clean your tractor?

We use an electric leaf blower or air compressor on about all our farm and
lawn equipment as a quick blow down. Then when they're cooled down we
usually wash if needed.
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Old 05-06-2009, 04:29 PM   post #10 of 27
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Leaf blower when dry.

When wet/muddy: Just water

Every now and then: Purple cleaner and pressure washer.

Purple cleans gobs better than Simple Green.
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Old 05-06-2009, 04:49 PM   post #11 of 27
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Default Re: What do you use to clean your tractor?

To "De Grease" use "Greez-off" much better than simple green ,and a garden hose ......remove extra h2o with air hose ,or bake in the sun ! Jim
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Old 05-06-2009, 05:56 PM   post #12 of 27
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Pressure washer and Purple Power for the oily and greasy stuff.
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Old 05-06-2009, 06:32 PM   post #13 of 27
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Default Re: What do you use to clean your tractor?

I use the air compressor first to remove anything that is loose. Then I wash my tractor the same way I wash my car. I use a quality wash mitt, and car washing soap on anything that is painted. Citric acid cleaner in a spray bottle, works well at removing grease and grass stains; but it can be hard on paint and bare aluminum parts, so don't let it sit for long. I use citric acid cleaner with an old paint brush, to clean the rims, tires, and any frame sections that are visible.

I wipe it dry with a soft towel. I run the deck for a minute to dry the belt and pulleys off.
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Default Re: What do you use to clean your tractor?

most often, rain on my own. I have no problem with a coating of grease or a light film of oil. It's a better rust preventer than paint. Besides, a pretty gt means nothing to me.

If I'm cleaning one up to sell (never one of my gt's, just a lt I picked up with the intent to sell) I'll use the pressurewasher.
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:37 PM   post #15 of 27
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We use an electric leaf blower or air compressor on about all our farm and lawn equipment as a quick blow down..
Thank you for not saying job, but you made me laugh anyway cause I was thinking it, and I am immature.

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